Suffolk’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton announces his retirement

After a lengthy period of sick leave, Suffolk’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton has decided to retire.  His last day of service will be 30 November 2015.

Douglas returned to the county in March 2013 to take up the role of Chief Constable, having previously served in the ranks of Constable to Superintendent between 1989 and 2002. Douglas also served in West Midlands and Staffordshire Police Forces.

On making the announcement Douglas said “It has been the highlight of my career to return to Suffolk and serve alongside colleagues old and new as their Chief Constable. I have had the privilege of serving alongside some of the most dedicated and talented policing professionals in the best Constabulary in the country.

“As I move into retirement I want to wish the Police and Crime Commissioner and my deputy, Gareth Wilson, every success as they take on the challenge of resourcing and shaping the Constabulary to meet the challenges of the future.”

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Douglas for his contribution to policing in Suffolk and I wish him well in his retirement.

He added, “Gareth Wilson will continue as Temporary Chief Constable until a permanent appointment is made, supported by Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Jupp and Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton.”